30-45 min of movie followed by panel discussion on the crisis in Venezuela in relation to the European Union. La Soledad is a Venezuelan film directed my Jorge Thielan Armand, a Venezuelan himself, that depicts the economic crisis and dire human rights situation by exploring the life of a Venezuelan family. As an award-winning documentary fiction, the summary of this film can be found below. ‘Combining sharp social critique with the offbeat poetry of magical realism, La Soledad offers a vivid and engaging account of the Venezuelan crisis told through the real-life struggle of a young father trying to save his family from the demolition of their home. Director Jorge Thielen Armand’s debut feature, this film sees him return to La Soledad, a house in Venezuela once inhabited by his great-grandparents and now occupied by the family of his family's former maid. The house is dilapidated—antique portraits hang from crumbling walls and garden weeds force their way through the cracks—yet in the midst of Venezuela’s economic and political crisis it has become a sanctuary for those who live there. La Soledad not only offers a lyrical evocation of a decaying world but also opens up new possibilities for documentary cinema. La Soledad had its world premiere at the Venice Biennale and has since won over 24 awards and been mentioned in over 5 international newspapers.’ The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
Jorge Thielen-Armand is a Venezuelan director based in Toronto. His debut feature film LA SOLEDAD (2016) premiered at the 73 Venice International Film Festival and has since won ten international awards, including the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Miami Film Festival. Jorge's documentary FLOR DE LA MAR (2015) won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, and was screened at over 20 festivals around the world including Margaret Mead, Sarasota, and RIDM. Jorge holds a Communication Studies BA from Concordia University, and is an alumnus of the Venice Biennale College and TIFF Talent Lab. In 2015 he founded La Faena with Rodrigo Michelangeli, a production company dedicated to art-house films. They are currently developing Jorge’s sophomore feature, which won the ARTE France Cinéma International Prix at the Buenos Aires Lab during BAFICI 2017.
Danielle Turkov is the founder and director of this film’s production company, Think Film Impact Productions. TFIP also uses the film to raise awareness about the economic and political situation in Venezuela through screenings and panel discussion such as this.
Raphael Warolin is a Policy Officer under the Huma Rights Division of the European External Action Service. Previously, he has worked extensively with Peace Brigades International, Amnesty International and Handicap International. He has worked as an International Human Rights Observer and a Foreign Policy Assistant focusing on The Americas.
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